Lesson 1 - God Speaks


Introduction

"I hear of God speaking to men and women in the past, but, does He still speak today?" "How can I hear His voice?"

These questions echo a desire that many persons have today, to hear from God; to know what His will is for their lives. If they could only hear His voice and know what He has to say, it would bring them joy and peace.

In this Bible Study Lesson, we will look at the matter of how God speaks to us and how we can hear His voice today.

1. What are the ways in which God revealed His will to His people in the past? Hebrews 1:1, 2

Hebrews 1:1, 2

"God . . . . spake in time past unto the ______________ by _______________, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His _______________, . . . ."

2. By what means did God communicate His messages to the prophets? Numbers 12:6

Numbers 12:6

 "If there be a _______________ among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a ________________, and will speak unto him in a __________________".

3. Are the words of the prophets considered to be the words of God? 2 Samuel 23:1, 2

2 Samuel 23:1, 2

“The ______________ of the LORD spake by ________, and his _____________ was in my tongue.”

4. How were the words of the Prophets preserved for other generations, including our own? Jeremiah 30:1, 2

 Jeremiah 30:1, 2

“The word that came to _________________ from the LORD, saying, thus speaketh the Lord God of Israel, saying, . . . . Write thee all the ______________ that I have spoken unto thee in a ____________ ”.

5. How much of the writings of Scripture were inspired by God? 2 Peter 1:20, 21

2 Peter 1:20, 21

“Knowing this first, that no ______________ of the _____________ is of any ______________ interpretation. For the _____________ came not in old time by the will of __________: but _________ men of God spake as they were moved by the ___________ ___________.

6. What are the main reasons God gave us the Scriptures?

A. John 20:30, 31

“...these are ___________ , that ye might _________that Jesus is the Christ, the _____________ ____ __________; and that believing ye might __________ ________through his name”.

B. 2 Timothy 3:16, 17

“All ________________ is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for ______________, for ________________, for ______________, for _____________ ____ _______________: That the man of God may be ______________, throughly furnished unto all ____________ ___________.”

C. Romans 15:4

“For whatsoever things were ______________aforetime, were written for ________ ______________, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have ___________.”

7. How are we to study the Scriptures? Acts 17:11

Acts 17:11

“These were more _________ than those in ______________, in that they received the word with all _____________ ____ ________, and searched the scriptures _______________, whether those things were so.”

8. Who helps us to understand the Scriptures? John 16:12, 13

 John 16:12, 13

“Howbeit when He, the __________ _____ _______, is come, he will ________ you into all _______________: for he shall not speak of himself;”

9. After we have studied and understood the word of God, what are we expected to do? Matthew 7:24; James 1:21, 22

Matthew 7:24

“Therefore whosoever _______________ these sayings of mine, and _______ ________ , I will liken him unto a ____________ , which built his house upon a ____________:”

James 1:21, 22

“. . . . .But be ye _____________ of the word, and not ____________ only, _______________ your own selves.”